Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures because it can lighten your teeth and remove discoloration and stains. There are a lot of cosmetic dentistry offices that offer zoom teeth whitening services in Vancouver, BC and Broadway Dental is one of them!
Teeth whitening is not a one-time procedure and it will need to be repeated in the future if your want to maintain the brighter teeth colour.
The natural tooth colour is somewhere between light greyish and yellow. Your teeth get naturally darker as you get older. The teeth appearance is also influenced by smoking and consuming certain food and beverages such as coffee or tea. Also the perception of the teeth colour is influenced by your skin colour. People with darker skin colour or people using dark makeup will look like they have brighter teeth. There are several teeth whitening options that are available and these products fall into 2 main categories.
- Surface Whiteners
- Bleaches (teeth bleaching)
Surface Teeth Whiteners
The most common products in this category are toothpastes and chewing gums. Because these products are usually just a finer version of what is used in regular toothpastes their effectiveness is limited to surface stains and they are not a substitute to professional in-office teeth whitening.
Most bleaching products are actually capable of lightening your teeth. However, not all discolourations respond to teeth bleaching products and therefore you should consult teeth whitening with your dentist. He/she will help you determine the cause of the discoloration and tell you whether or not teeth bleaching will provide you with desired results.
There are several techniques and products that are available to patients. You cosmetic dentist will use one of these methods to whiten your teeth:
- Vital bleaching – is performed on living teeth.
- Non-vital bleaching – is done on teeth that are no longer “alive” (for instance due to root canal treatment)
There are 3 methods of teeth bleaching. The ideal method for you depends on several factors such as how many teeth need to be bleached and/or their discolouration.
- Special bleach is applied on your teeth and heat and light are used to start the bleaching process.
- Using custom-made mouth guard that is filled with a special bleach.
- Using special toothpaste that contains a special bleaching mix.
Teeth whitening is a very low risk cosmetic dentistry procedure and it should not have any side affects. However, some people’s teeth might become more sensitive for a short while.